Nurse Unit Manager – Department of Critical Care Medicine
Espedito ('Deets') Faraone (ANUM)
Deets is a Registered Nurse who has worked in our Intensive Care Unit for the past 15 years. He has worked mostly as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a part time capacity whilst undertaking other nursing roles such as a Research Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Educator, Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator and as an Organ Donor Coordinator for DonateLife. He particularly enjoyed his role as a Research Coordinator in ICU and is listed as a co-author in 7 journal publications.
Outside of work he enjoys running, cycling, rowing and gardening.
Nellie Nixon (ANUM)
Originally from a small town in country Victoria I found a second home at St. Vincent’s in 2007. Since then I have worked on most wards and across most specialties with several years in Education prior to moving to critical care. I love the fast paced intensive care environment and the detective nature of our work, looking for reasons behind symptoms and possible ways to improve our patients condition. It is a fine balancing act to enable each organ to function as close to normal or finding ways for it to be optimised. I particularly enjoy the close working nature and team approach to patient care between multidisciplinary staff in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.
Helping families through this most critical time is especially important to me as my Dad was a patient in ICU for several months as a teenager. St. Vincent’s mission is visible in our practice and care and contributes to our reputation. As an ANUM I am interested in staff wellbeing and am particularly passionate about the development and support of junior colleagues.
I enjoy gardening, live music and cycling in my time away from work.
Christian Colangelo (ANUM)
I commenced my undergraduate training at Australian Catholic University completing a double degree in Nursing and Arts. In 2011 I was accepted as a graduate nurse rotating through cardiothoracic, oncology and haematology, neurosurgery, nephrology and intensive care. I enjoyed the challenges of the critical care environment and commenced my studies in Intensive care in 2013. In 2015 I completed my Masters in Intensive Care nursing, focusing my studies in managing patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome and prone positioning.
My hobbies include hiking and traveling. One of my greatest achievement is hiking the Camino, A 900Km walk from France through Spain. And look forward to completing many more walks throughout the world.
Martin Walsh (ANUM)
Martin was born and raised in Melbourne and after completing a Bachelor of Nursing in 1992 at RMIT moved to Alice Springs Hospital where he undertook the Graduate nurse year. Following this Martin worked at the Royal Darwin and Royal Brisbane Hospital ICU before eventually returning to Melbourne to work at the Austin Hospital ICU. In 2001 Martin returned to Darwin where he spent the next 9 years in the ICU whilst undertaking the Master of Nursing, and in 2010 he relocated to Melbourne to commence employment at St Vincent’s Hospital ICU.
Martin enjoys the wide variety and interesting nature of critical care nursing and appreciates the commitment that his colleagues provide to our patients often at very challenging times. Martin espouses the values of teamwork, communication and safety as fundamental to a successful workplace.
Martin is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys jogging, playing squash, going to the Gym, and catching up on as much sleep as possible.
Jacqui Regan (ANUM)
Jacqui commenced her training at St Vincents Hospital in 1988 and completed training as a registered nurse in 1991. During her early years as a Registered Nurse she worked in St Lucy’s ward which was the infectious ward in the hospital where she developed her passion for caring of very unwell septic patients. She then completed a critical care certificate in 1994 and has worked in the Intensive Care unit since that time. 25 years later she is still passionate about providing quality patient care to patients and their families when they are at their most vulnerable. She is also dedicated to the development and education of future critical care nurses.
Jacqui also works on a casual basis as a hospital after hours coordinator which brings with it a whole other level of knowledge and responsibilities which also assist in her role as ANUM in the ICU and assists in building bridges between the ICU and the hospital wards.
Jacqui is married with 3 adult children who may never leave home. She is also passionate about cooking and baking. Jacqui enjoys the pleasure that home baked goods brings to the team in ICU. She also loves knitting, gardening, crocheting, her 2 dogs, the beach, fishing and walking. She has been at the hospital for more than half her life (31 years) and happily may never leave.
Paige McCullough (CNS)
Paige has specialised in intensive care nursing for the last eight years after completing her undergraduate degree ten years ago. She enjoys the challenge of caring for patients with complex medical needs and the team environment within the DCCM.
In her spare time she enjoys baking, astrophotography, snowboarding and amateur web design. Paige has been an active content contributor for this website.